Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games

On April 9, 2014, in Announcements, Event, by Crafty Sasquatch

TSF_Logo

Yes Laddies and Lasses we are approaching that time of year again when we all gather at the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

As some of you might know, Saturday May 3rd is also National Homebrew Day.  Several brewing demonstrations will be held all day long.

But the main reason we gather at the TSF is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the quality and variety of  home brewed beer through education, research, and the collection and dissemination of information; to serve as a forum for the technological and cross-cultural aspects of the art of brewing; and to encourage personal responsibility when using beer or other alcohol-containing beverage.

Oh yeah and another reason to gather at the TSF is to hand out awards for the 18th Annual Celtic Brew Off.

Knights of the Brown Bottle - Home Brew Club

Slainte!

Crafty Sasquatch

 

Celtic Brewoff 2014

On February 26, 2014, in Club Meetings, by dogsatplay

18th Annual Celtic Brewoff

Welcome!

The 18th Annual Celtic Brewoff is prepared to get underway.

Important Celtic Dates:

March 22nd – Competition Registration Opens
April 3rd – Registration Closes
April 5th – Log In
April 12, 13th – Competition Judging
May 3rd – Awards Ceremony at the Scottish Festival

There have been some changes to this year’s competition that are noteworthy:

Categories have been consolidated into 8 BJCP Style Categories
There is a limit of one entry per sub-category per brewer, a limit of two entries total in a category per brewer with an overall limit of 12 entries per brewer for the competition.

Please refer to the Style Guidelines for descriptions of the Categories

Drop Off Locations: Please refer to the Entry Information page for drop off locations. In the past, we had been accepting entries during the Bluebonnet. We will not be able to accept entries at that event this year.

There is no entry fee for the competition. Commemorative scoresheets will be available for $8 per entry judged.

Follow the link on the homepage to our entry system.

We wish everyone success with their brewing and hope you enjoy the Celtic!

Slainte’

The Celtic Brewoff Committee

 

Attention Knights!!! Check the Calendar

On December 5, 2013, in Club Meetings, by Crafty Sasquatch

All of the necessary dates were added to the Calendar for the Blue Bonnet Brew Off,  Celtic Brew Off and a few other items.

Sláinte

Crafty

 

AHA Learn To Homebrew Day

On October 29, 2013, in Club Meetings, by Crafty Sasquatch

AHA Learn To Homebrew Day

Get Schooled on Learn to Homebrew DayIn 1999, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) established Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day as an international event to introduce people to the homebrewing hobby and to help establish relationships with local homebrew supply shops.

 

This Saturday @ 10am The Knights of the Brown Bottle Homebrew club will be putting on an All Grain brewing demonstration at Dr Jekyll’s.

 

White Labs Customer Club empty yeast vials

On August 28, 2013, in Club Meetings, by Crafty Sasquatch

Remember to save your White Labs vials. The White Labs Customer Club will exchange these for certificates for new yeast that we give out at the club Christmas party.  Save them, bring them to the meetings or just drop them in the box on your next visit to Dr. Jekyll’s.

Thanks!

KoBB

 

 

KoBB meeting Weds. August 14th @7pm @ Dr Jekyll’s

On August 8, 2013, in Club Meetings, by Crafty Sasquatch

Introductions Current / New Members
What did you bring to share?
Reading of Minutes
Budget

Discussion Topics:

Bart Hines and I performed a test run on July 27th with the club brew rig out back @ Dr Jekyll’s using a filter unit donated by Steve Wesstrom (beer samples pending) Other present elders nodding with approval and amazed with Barts knowledge of water included Brad Berven, Jamison Kirmser and JB Flowers. Thank you Pat for opening up early for us!

Now that we have completed a test run…. What’s next? Scheduling a clean up of the back Patio area and back room comes to mind first and foremost. A few other things would be… immersion chiller for club brew rig. (couldn’t get the wort chilled down without borrowing JB’s…. Thanks JB!) a bit longer hose on the pump with a small valve would be an added bonus.

Pat has graciously donated his back patio and back room for the club to use as we see fit.  This is a great opportunity for the novice and experienced brewers that just need an area to perfect their craft without the added expense of the equipment and organized brew area.  Endless possibilities with this untapped resource.  Using it for our next brew-in comes to mind.

I have finished the waiver/sign out/member list/brew rig log book and will be passing it around for everyone to give nods of approval on.  (Thank you Richard Graham for kicking off the paper work!)

Run Whatya Brung inter-club competition is coming…. and many more to follow…. stay tuned.

The club officers would like to start a mentoring program that will assist with knowledge transfer from the experienced brewers to the more novice brewers.  We are looking for volunteers to serve as mentors and mentees.  The basic concept would be to assign mentors to mentees and identify a skill that the mentee would like to acquire (all-grain, extract, mead, etc.).  Pairings could be made according to skill type or by drawing from a hat.  Samples from the mentor sessions will be brought to the club meetings to be enjoyed and critiqued.  The club would be willing to pay for the ingredients used in the mentoring sessions in lieu of buying commercial beers for the club meetings.  Having a neutral brewing area should help facilitate this program.

Don’t be surprised if Just Dave mentions the Blue Bonnet or asks you a BJCP pop quiz question.

 

 

 

 

NTHB’s Limbo Competition

On July 23, 2013, in Competition, by Crafty Sasquatch
Knights:
Entry is now open for NTHB’s Limbo Competition.  Enter your 1.050 gravity or smaller beers.  If you think this is just a fizzy hopwater competition, you need to look at the style guidelines – lots of different styles are included
 

KoBB meeting Weds. July 10th @7pm @ Dr Jekyll’s

On July 8, 2013, in Club Meetings, by Crafty Sasquatch

Introductions Current / New Members
What did you bring to share?
Reading of Minutes
Budget

Discussion Topics

Updating of the Constitution and By-Laws

A short and bitter discussion about Hops with JB while Sharon and I pass a few hop teas around for your tasting pleasure.

Borrowing of the club brew rig documentation approval.

Brewing at Dr. Jekyll’s (Beer Taste-Off?)

 

KoBB meeting Weds. June 12th 7PM @ Dr. Jekyll’s

On June 5, 2013, in Club Meetings, by Crafty Sasquatch

  • Introductions Current / New Members
  • What did you bring to share?
  • Reading of Minutes
  • Budget
  • Vicki Brown from the Cap & Hare will be giving a presentation on Mead

Making Mead: The Art and the Science

Vicki’s C&H Mead Presentation

  • Discussion Topics

Borrowing of the club brew rig

Brewing at Dr. Jekyll’s

Summertime Bar B Que and Beer event

Guided tour with local  reps.

Hop class with hop tea tasting

 

 

 

 

 

Post Celtic Brew Off meeting.  Come enjoy a burger and bring your homebrew.